Have you ever asked for advice? I’m sure you have. It seems that at one time or another we all find ourselves seeking wisdom from someone else. Often the advice is just what we needed. But sometimes we get bad advice. And bad advice leads to painful life lessons. Have you ever received really bad advice? How about this: a Twitter user’s no-nonsense grandfather gave this advice about the wilderness: “If you see a bear and don’t have time to run away, hug it. Bears cannot scratch their stomachs.”* I assume the person never used the advice, since they tweeted the story!
Here’s another. chrisdrewdavis on reddit.com says, “When I was a Boy Scout, we went camping. My Scout leader said to just use the leaves to wipe. It was poison ivy.”*
Then there’s a tweet by Monica Lewinsky on the worst advice she received, “An internship at the White House will be amazing on your résumé.”*
Wouldn’t you like to know whether a source of advice is good or not? Psalms 1:1-2 contrasts sources of bad advice with the source of truth. It says, “Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.” (NIV)
Remember, God’s word provides wisdom and the truth. Read it!
*Andy Simmons, “22 Hilariously Bad Pieces of Advice You Shouldn’t Follow,” Reader’s Digest, April 1, 2022, https://www.rd.com/article/hilariously-bad-advice/
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